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USDA issues recall of salmonella-tainted salami product

Posted On Mon, January 25, 2010

More than 1.2 million pounds of prepackaged salami products have been recalled following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s discovery of salmonella during an ongoing investigation.

In the midst of looking into an outbreak of salmonella serotype Montevideo illnesses across a number of states, the FSIS came across the tainted meat product during samples taken from meat processed at Daniele International Inc., which is based in Pascoag and Mapleville, Rhode Island.

Among the 18 products that may potentially contain the salmonella-infected meat are pre-packaged salami meats sold under the Daniele, Dietz & Watson, and Boar’s Head brand names.

Aside from Montevideo, salmonella ingestion can also cause salmonellosis, an intestinal illness that can cause a headache, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps for up to 72 hours. The USDA said the illness had the potential to be fatal to those with weakened immune systems due to youth, old age, AIDS, or chemotherapy treatment.

Food poisoning due to unnoticed traces of bacteria such as salmonella in processed food products is a cause of illness that can strike at any time. Consumers should make sure they are always properly covered by their health insurance policy to make sure any hospital visits that may be caused by something such as salmonellosis is easily obtainable.

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